Monday, September 13, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
MICHAEL BRENNAN, a farmer of ability and progressiveness, resides in section 12, township 31, range 48, and is one of the leading old settlers and respected citizens of Dawes county. He has watched the growth of that section from its early development, succeeded in building up a good home and farm, and may be classed among the self-made men of his locality. He is now well-to-do and enjoys a pleasant home and peaceful surroundings.
Mr. Brennan was born in Carbon county, Pennsylvania, in 1845. He is of Irish descent, his father and mother both having been born in Ireland, coming to this country when young people and settling in Pennsylvania, where their family of children grew up, the father working in the coal mines for many years in that section. Our subject was also employed in the mines when but a young lad, and at the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served for one year, taking part in many campaigns and battles,
After the war he returned to his home county and remained there for some time, then started west with his family, locating in Boone county, Iowa, and later in Green county, spending two years in the coal mines there.
Mr. Brennan first came to Dawes county in 1885, driving all the way from Iowa with a team and covered wagon containing his family and household goods, the trip taking a month on the road.
Mr. Brennan was married while still living in Pennsylvania, in 1870, to Miss Mary Walsh. Her father, James Walsh, was born in Ireland, and worked as a coal miner in Pennsylvania, and in his later years farmed there for many years. He married Elizabeth Hoben, a native of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Brennan was born January 10, 1855, and reared in that state. She is a good, kind-hearted lady, full of jolly good cheer and hearty sympathy with any one in distress. No one is ever turned away hungry from her door.
Twelve children came to bless the union of our subject and his wife, namely: Mart, James, Charles, Lizzie, John, William, Thomas, Fred, Terry and Joe. Alice and Maggie, both deceased, the former being killed by a cow on the farm; the latter dying in infancy.
Mr. Brennan lived for another 12 years before his death in 1921. His obituary (shown below) appeared in the Chadron Chronicle on December 15, 1921.
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Gib was born July 16, 1931 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of Curtis and Naomi (Gilbert) Wilson. In 1942, the family moved to Chadron where he graduated from Chadron Prep in 1949. He attended Chadron State College for three years. In October 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and entered the Aviation Cadet program. He graduated in November 1953 with his wings and a commission as a 2nd Lt. He married Delores "Dee" Lind on November 21, 1953. They had met at Chadron State College. They moved to Las Vegas where he attended gunnery school at Nellis AFB before a tour of duty in Korea and Japan. He was assigned to the 336th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Kimpo, Korea, where he flew the F-86. Upon returning to the States, he was assigned to the 1st Fighter Day Squadron at George AFB at Victorville, California, where he flew the F-100. He and Dee lived in Adelanto, which was near the base.
Gib and Dee lived on a small farm near Riverton for 17 years. In 1994 they moved to Sundance, Wyoming. He and Dee ran a cow/calf operation for several years, then sold the cattle so they could travel. He was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, Life member of the National Rifle Association, and the F-86 Sabre Pilots Association. He served on the Board of Directors of Crook County Senior Services for nine years and the BLM Resource Advisory Committee for three. He enjoyed hunting, reloading, fishing, camping, and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dee, his parents, and his brother Larman. He is survived by three daughters, Judy Neal of Casper, Wyoming, Linda Fleming of Thornton, Colorado, and Shirly Hardeman of Costa Mesa, California; his brother Douglas, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Crook County Senior Services or the Naomi J. Wilson Memorial Scholarship at Chadron State College.
Gib will be laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery on Friday, September 10, 2021. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 11:00am at the Sundance United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.